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Special Equestrians – Guinness The Rescue Pony

Guinness The Rescue Pony

Special Equestrians has written and published their very own special book about two of the dedicated therapy/program horses, Guinness and Lacey.  This book was written by Julia Haring and beautifully illustrated by Bonnie Kauffman.  One of Florida Gulf Coast University’s  senior classes was instrumental in helping write this heart warming story. The book was graciously published with a grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida. This book will be used as part of the outreach visits for Special Equestrians’ Special Partners Literacy Program.

What’s Inside

The story is about Guinness who is a miniature horse that feels lonely and different. A wonderful family who owns Lacey, a beautiful Haflinger horse, adopted Guinness. Lacey is a pasture mate of Guinness’, who gives lessons to children. Equally important, she is also a role model for Guinness, and she quickly teaches him all she knows.

Unfortunately, one day while out trail riding, a tree fell right in front of them and blocked the path.  Guinness was small enough to crawl under the tree and run for help.  The children and Lacey were saved!  Guinness learned a valuable lesson, it’s ok to be different.

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Beautiful illustrations throughout the book.


About Special Equestrians

Special Equestrians is a nonprofit organization located in Fort Myers, Florida.  They are a United Way Partner Agency serving children and adults with special needs in Southwest Florida since 1987.  Special Equestrians enhances physical, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral and educational skills through equine-assisted activities and therapies.  They strive to live by their motto of “Making Miracles Happen.”

Lacey is a beautiful Haflinger horse who I donated to Special Equestrians in 2011.  She had been a wonderful addition in my life, but her amazing skills and talents were going to waste as a pasture ornament. Thus, I decided to donate her as a therapy horse to the Special Equestrian program.  She has been a wonderful addition to the program, teaching children balance and giving them confidence.

Recently, Lacey has become a certified cart horse, teaching children and adults how to drive a horse.  People tell me all the time that she has touched so many lives, nothing could make me happier than to hear this.  Conveniently, Special Equestrian’s beautiful facility is only 1.5 miles down the road from my farm, so I can go and visit her anytime I want!

Lacey, the gorgeous Haflinger girl!


How have horses touched your life? I’d love to hear your stories, please share!


In the meantime, Love your horse!

Natasha & Xapado



A Miniature Horse at the Bar?

With hooves polished, a fresh bath, tail and coat brushed, and gold glitter sprinkled in his mane for some added sparkle, my miniature horse, Guinness, was ready for his night out on the town at the 2017  Taste of Love fundraiser for Special Equestrians, Inc.  This annual fundraiser is a food and wine pairing, with silent and live auction items all to raise money for the riders and horses at Special Equestrians. As a therapy horse, Guinness is comfortable with different environments, but putting his head up on the bar and “requesting a drink” was a new one. The venue let us bring Guinness inside and he could walk around and visit all the guests. He handled it all like a champ. Many people petted him and he stood patiently for many pictures. I’m pretty sure he now has a standing date for the event each year!